History Literature / AmericanPsycho

22nd Jun '16 3:15:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: In both the movie and the book, Patrick stomps a dog to death that belonged to a homeless man he previously stabbed. In a chapter in the book, he disembowels another dog, then shoots its owner; in a chapter set at a zoo, he throws nickel coins to the seals, just because he saw a table asking people not to do so (because they can choke on them).



* KickTheDog: In both the movie and the book, Patrick very literally kicks a dog belonging to a homeless man he stabs to death. In a chapter in the book, he disembowels another dog, then shoots its owner; in a chapter set at a zoo, he throws nickel coins to the seals, just because he saw a table asking people not to do so (because they can choke on them).
21st Jun '16 6:28:44 AM SeanMurrayI
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* LoveDodecahedron: Patrick Bateman is engaged to marry Evelyn Williams, who is believed to be having an affair with Timothy Price/Bryce, Patrick's best friend. Meanwhile, Patrick is having an affair with Evelyn's best friend, Courtney Rawlinson, who is engaged to Patrick's business associate Luis Carruthers, [[spoiler: who is secretly in love with Patrick.]]

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* LoveDodecahedron: Patrick Bateman is engaged to marry wed Evelyn Williams, who is believed to be having an affair with Timothy Price/Bryce, Patrick's best friend. friend, Timothy Price/Bryce. Meanwhile, Patrick is having an affair with Evelyn's best friend, Courtney Rawlinson, who is engaged to Patrick's business associate associate, Luis Carruthers, [[spoiler: who is also secretly in love with Patrick.]]
21st Jun '16 6:26:27 AM SeanMurrayI
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* LoveDodecahedron: Patrick Bateman is engaged to marry Evelyn Williams, who is believed to be having an affair with Timothy Price/Bryce, Patrick's best friend. Meanwhile, Patrick is having an affair with Evelyn's best friend, Courtney Rawlinson, who is engaged to Patrick's business associate Luis Carruthers, [[spoiler: who is secretly in love with Patrick.]]
16th Jun '16 2:12:36 PM Aquila89
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*** He attempts to compliment Tom Cruise while sharing an elevator by telling him how much he liked the actor in the movie "''Bartender''". Tom Cruise corrects Patrick on the film's actual title--''Cocktail''.

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*** He attempts to compliment Tom Cruise while sharing an elevator by telling him how much he liked the actor in the movie "''Bartender''". Tom Cruise corrects Patrick on the film's actual title--''Cocktail''.title--''Film/{{Cocktail}}''.
16th Jun '16 2:05:45 PM SeanMurrayI
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* MythologyGag: Some songs are named after quotes in the book or in the movie, for instance, "Mistletoe Alert", "Hardbody", "I Am Back", and "This is Not An Exit".

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* MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
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Some songs are named after quotes in the book or in the movie, for instance, "Mistletoe Alert", "Hardbody", "I Am Back", and "This is Not An Exit".Exit".
** It's revealed to Patrick by the conclusion that his brother Sean could get a reservation at Dorsia at any time because, Sean explains, the restaurant maître d' was his roommate at college--a subtle reference to Bertrand, the French exchange student, in Bret Easton Ellis' ''Literature/TheRulesOfAttraction'' where Sean Bateman was originally a principle character.



* SummonBackupDancers: Appearing in Patrick's apartment for two separate numbers, suggested to be a manifestation of Patrick's own psyche. First, during Bateman's opening morning routine, he's flanked by dancers in various states of dress and sporting various bleeding wounds. Second, while entertaining prostitutes Sabrina and Christine, backup dancers walk out in assorted fetish gear.

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* SummonBackupDancers: Appearing in Patrick's apartment for two separate numbers, suggested to be a manifestation of Patrick's own psyche. First, during Bateman's opening morning routine, he's flanked by dancers in various states of dress and sporting various bleeding wounds. Second, while entertaining prostitutes Sabrina and Christine, backup dancers walk out appear in assorted fetish gear.
16th Jun '16 11:07:02 AM SeanMurrayI
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A CharacterBlog on {{Tumblr}}, ''Blog/BrokePatrickBateman'', provides a SettingUpdate which recasts Patrick and friends as millennial {{hipster}}s in 2016.
16th Jun '16 7:53:05 AM SeanMurrayI
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A book and movie, ''American Psycho'' by Creator/BretEastonEllis is the story of a true [[TheEighties '80s]] businessman: rich, shallow, unhappy, self-absorbed--and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a serial killer]].

Patrick Bateman is a yuppie's yuppie. He works on Wall Street, has a pretty girlfriend, and spends most of his life in trendy restaurants and clubs. However, he is also a psychotic serial killer who often hallucinates and murders people in increasingly horrific ways, for no reason. Most of the people in Pat's life don't really know anything about him, but then, he doesn't know anything about them either. Most of the people he knows can't even be bothered to remember his name -- but he isn't so sure about their names either, so it all evens out. There is no one who listens to him; he confesses at least once a week, but no one seems to notice or indeed care. And Ellis [[WordOfGod explains]] that Patrick may not ''really'' be a serial killer. Patrick may just be harmlessly insane. Or bored. But Patrick may also be speaking the absolute truth. [[{{Applicability}} It's up to the reader to decide]]. The book also crosses over with ''Literature/TheRulesOfAttraction'', but like everything else, it's of [[RedSkiesCrossover no consequence]] whatsoever.

The book has a sort-of sequel, ''Literature/LunarPark'', which was published in 2005. ''Lunar Park'' blurs the lines between fiction and reality, and features various literary representations of Patrick Bateman haunting a very fictionalized version of Creator/BretEastonEllis. The book mixes cheesy horror with advanced literature theory, MindScrew and RecursiveCanon.

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A book and movie, ''American Psycho'' is a novel by Creator/BretEastonEllis first published in 1991. It is the story of a true about the archetypal [[TheEighties '80s]] businessman: rich, shallow, unhappy, self-absorbed--and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a serial killer]].

sociopathic SerialKiller.

Patrick Bateman is a yuppie's yuppie. He works on Wall Street, has a pretty girlfriend, and spends most of his life in trendy restaurants and clubs. However, he is also a psychotic serial killer who often hallucinates and murders people in increasingly horrific ways, for no reason. Most of the people in Pat's life don't really know anything about him, but then, he doesn't know anything about them either. Most of the people he knows can't even be bothered to remember his name -- but he isn't so sure about their names either, so it all evens out. There is no one who listens to him; he confesses at least once a week, but no one seems to notice or indeed care. And Ellis [[WordOfGod explains]] that Patrick may not ''really'' be a serial killer. Patrick may just be harmlessly insane. Or bored. But Patrick may also be speaking the absolute truth. [[{{Applicability}} It's up to the reader to decide]]. decide]].

The book also crosses over with Ellis' earlier novel ''Literature/TheRulesOfAttraction'', but like everything else, it's of [[RedSkiesCrossover no consequence]] whatsoever.

whatsoever. The book has a sort-of sequel, ''Literature/LunarPark'', which was published in 2005. ''Lunar Park'' blurs the lines between fiction and reality, and features various literary representations of main character Patrick Bateman haunting a very fictionalized version of Creator/BretEastonEllis. The book mixes cheesy horror with advanced literature theory, MindScrew also makes appearances in his later books ''Literature/{{Glamorama}}'' (1995) and RecursiveCanon.
''Literature/LunarPark'' (2005).

In 2000, the story was adapted into a feature film by Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner and starring Creator/ChristianBale as Bateman, which has since grown a cult following. A movie sequel InNameOnly is described [[Film/AmericanPsycho2AllAmericanGirl on another page]].



A movie sequel InNameOnly is described [[Film/AmericanPsycho2AllAmericanGirl on another page]].
15th Jun '16 8:29:00 PM SeanMurrayI
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A CharacterBlog on {{Tumblr}}, [[http://www.brokepatrickbateman.tumblr.com "Broke Patrick Bateman"]], provides a SettingUpdate which recasts Patrick and friends as Millennial {{hipster}}s in 2016.

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A CharacterBlog on {{Tumblr}}, [[http://www.brokepatrickbateman.tumblr.com "Broke Patrick Bateman"]], ''Blog/BrokePatrickBateman'', provides a SettingUpdate which recasts Patrick and friends as Millennial millennial {{hipster}}s in 2016.
15th Jun '16 8:22:26 PM SeanMurrayI
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[[folder:Tropes Also Present in "Broke Patrick Bateman"]]
* AlternateContinuity
* BatterUp: How Patrick spent his summer occupying Wall Street.
* BerserkButton: Bringing up anything Patrick perceives as an embarrassing past event.
* BiTheWay: Patrick is still convinced Luis is gay and obsessed with him; Courtney irritably corrects him that Luis is bisexual and made a pass at Patrick at a party five years ago.
* EatTheRich: Being less financially advantaged himself has done nothing to improve Patrick as a person.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Inverting the ludicrous TakeOurWordForIt descriptions of food im the novel, Patrick occasionally posts pictures of food that actually ''sounds'' quite appetizing in description, but partially eaten already and taken so close up that they look repulsive and uncomfortably biological.
* HiddenDepths: Luis and Courtney, just ''barely'' compared to the rest of the cast and their original incarnations. They share an apartment and rent as a couple, and generally are implied to be deeply flawed but reasonably functional people surrounded by human garbage fires.
* {{Hipster}}: Most of the cast, as a modern counterpart to their original {{yuppie}} selves.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Patrick, in a manner of speaking, and many of the others.
* MythologyGag: In spades.
** Patrick ''despises'' Wall Street and Donald Trump as much as his original counterpart idolized them, and for reasons that are exactly as shallow and petty.
** He's not in finance himself because his father, who [[{{Nepotism}} gave him his cushy job in the novel]], almost went to jail in the Bernie Madoff pyramid scheme scandal, and Patrick claims [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial that's not what he wants to go to prison for]].
** Patrick mentions admiring Christian Bale for being able to hold his own as Batman opposite Heath Ledger's Joker.
* NoodleIncident: Patrick has tried to figure out how to shoplift chainsaws six times.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Unlike his canonical counterpart, 2016 Patrick despises Wall Street and all it stands for, though mostly because [[ItsAllAboutMe he doesn't benefit from it in this continuity]]. Participating in Occupy Wall Street gives him a free opportunity to beat "capitalist sheeple" with baseball bats.
* SettingUpdate: From 1989 to 2016. In fact, blog!Patrick would have been ''born in'' 1989.
* ShoutOut:
** Jean's favorite movie is ''{{Film/Heathers}}''.
** Patrick is slightly neurotically preoccupied with getting the group together for ''Film/SuicideSquad''.
* SocietyMarchesOn: The premise of the blog is based on the difficulty a 26-year-old business school graduate would have finding a job in 2016, let alone one that provides the unlimited wealth and luxury canon!Patrick has.
* WhiteMansBurden: Evelyn keeps herself busy doing frivolous, exploitative overseas charity work, like "teaching impoverished orphaned African schoolgirls how to exfoliate."
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15th Jun '16 3:59:17 PM meganrenee
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* BerserkButton: Bringing up anything Patrick perceives as an embarrassing past event, such as the time he let an old girlfriend cut his hair.

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